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. >> turn around. it's closed. >> reporter: an elementary school in richfield, connecticut, just 20 miles from newtown, went into lockdown today, after someone reported a suspicious person. security on the minds of principals throughout the country today. it was a priority of sandy hook's own principal, dawn hochsprung, killed in the mass shooting. we spoke with her best friend and cousin. safety was important to her. she was holding exercises and making sure people knew how to get out and to get out safely. >> safety was her number one priority. she wanted school to be a safe haven, a place where students could come and just feel comfortable, like it was their second home. >> reporter: today, from coast to coast, principals were re-evaluating security and taking extra measures to protect their students. in pittsburgh, security guards now have guns. in this california school, the day started with a mock lockdown drill. >> please stay in lockdown mode until you hear an all clear announcement. >> reporter: the other challenge for teachers and principals today, what to say to their students.
>>> this is "world news." tonight, we take you to a small town in connecticut, where so many funerals have begun. a day after the president's emotional speech. >> we can't accept events like this as routine. >> he promised to take action. tonight, what will he do first? >>> also, new details tonight about the young man carrying the rifle. >> has always instructed me to keep an eye on him at all times. >>> and parents come out of the shadows, saying they need help with their children, too. >> this is a problem that we've kind of pushed to the margins in society because, frankly, we're afraid to talk about it. >> tonight, as america joins a conversation about gun violence in this country, all of abc news joins the search for solutions. a way forward, together, as "world news" begins. >>> and good evening, on this monday night. as we begin a new week, all across the country, parents and children return to their schools, thinking of those 26 families from sandy hook elementary. last night, the president assured them he will take action, saying they are not alone. and, as we said,
selling assault weapons as children across newtown, connecticut,once again get back on their buses and head to school. >>> massive storms out west creating a mess for travelers. how you can make it to your holiday. >>> escape. a tv reporter is free tonight. >>> and standing together. an offer of strangers off kindness, from comforting dogs to a touch of christmas. >>> good evening. there were signs all across the country today that a lot of americans are turning on the companies which profit from selling assault weapons. four days of 26 children and their teachers were gunned down at an elementary school, some have announced they want no part of the sale of high powered guns. and the president today, with the action he is going to take. we heard from the first time from the powerful national rifle association says they want to make sure a tragedy like this never happens again. chris cuomo with more on this. chris? >> diane, people are moved. the question, which actions will follow? and the answers are starting to take shape. with each body buried, calls for change grow. just today,
. thank you, chris. >>> and friday has been set aside as a day of mourning across connecticut. today, the children from newtown schools showed how resilient they are, the single act getting on the school bus. smiling from the windows and reaching out for a hug from a policeman. and dan harris was there. >> reporter: they were greeted at the door with hugs from teachers. the buses bore ribbons in green and white, the colors of sandy hook elementary. there was serious security. police checking every car. but even this officer was giving out hugs. are there any concerns about safety? >> no, they're in a safe place there. >> as you can imagine, it was pretty difficult. what else are you gonna do? >> reporter: sandy hook itself remains closed indefinitely. parents say they have been told classes will resume in an unused middle school in the next town over some time in january. sara's 5-year-old william was across the hall from a class that was attacked. >> i'm so nervous. i'm scared and i will be frightened on the first day of school and many days after that. >> reporter: karen's son is a
edition of "world news" with diane sawyer, tragedy at the elementary school. reporting from connecticut, diane sawyer. >> good evening, welcome to a special edition of "world news" in newtown, connecticut, the site of a mass shooting and gunfire aimed at elementary school children. we're in front of the united methodist church where people are gathering all even long as details are still pouring in. 27 victims, 20 children, seven adults and we heard all day about the incredible response by teachers inside the school which is considered one of the leading schools in the nation. and also tonight, we have a new image of the suspected shooter, as we tell you everything we know about who did it, what kind of weapons and why. and we begin all of this with between between anchor chris cuomo and he's here with me. >> almost unimaginable scene. what we know so far is inside this elementary school, young kid process tektd by their teachers and there was one deranged man who decided to take it all away. >> this morning, the school was filled with kids concerned about christmas. then shots rang out
on this christmas eve directed at newtown, connecticut, site, of course, of the tragedy at sandy hook. the overwhelming response summed up by one local who said, quote, there were nine minutes of evil and an infinity of goodness after that. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: a town in need of christmas cheer got it from across the country. in sparta, wisconsin, we saw these 26 snow angels, each for the innocent lives lost in newtown, each with a name and an age. from kalamazoo, michigan, 700 bracelets from a local business and from students, headed to newtown. flower seeds inside each of those smiley faces for the community to wear and plant. and for the newtown police department? officers around connecticut banding together, volunteering to work on christmas day so every newtown officer can have the day off with their family. and at their town hall, mountains of donated toys from all corners of the country, even hurricane sandy victims sending comfort and kindness from what little they have left. >> we had so much help, we wanted to pay it forward and try to help somebody else.
going the wrong way in connecticut. tonight, officials say they are ready to crack down. and here's abc's senior national correspondent jim avila. >> reporter: it is a frightening sight with tragic consequences -- the wrong way driver. >> oh my god! >> reporter: nearly 400 people die each year from wrong way driving. most from head-on, high speed accidents. in fact, 22% of wrong way crashes are fatal, compared to less than 1% of all other crashes. just last night -- >> i just passed a wrong way driver. >> two cars completely destroyed on the highway. >> reporter: three people in connecticut died when a wrong way driver caused a head-on crash on the same day the national transportation safety board launched a nationwide crackdown. >> and they're completely preventable. >> reporter: who's responsible? 15% involve drivers more than 70 years old. but the real danger is alcohol. 60% of wrong way accidents are caused by drunk drivers, nearly 10% by repeat offenders, which is why the ntsb is recommending that all 50 states require this ignition lock on all cars driven by anyone convicted of du
in a wheelchair. >>> and next, we turn to the day-to-day in newtown, connecticut, where 26 children and teachers were gunned down. today, there were five more funerals. and tomorrow will be a day of mourning across connecticut. at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, a moment of silence to mark the one-week anniversary of the tragedy. >>> and also today, vice president joe biden began his task of curbing gun violence in america. he called in cabinet officials, police chiefs and law enforcement experts to give him ideas. and one of those men was the chief of police in baltimore, maryland, jim johnson, who said it's time to stop letting anyone who wants to fire off dozens of bullets without even having to reload. and he shows abc's john quinones the mere seconds that could save lives. >> reporter: they come in cases of 20, 30, even 120 bullets. maximum fire power packed into high capacity magazines. >> a lot more fire power. >> reporter: when the magazine is loaded into a weapon, a shooter can keep firing until it's empty. by then, the damage can be devastating. and this is why the police chief in baltimore county
, connecticut. church bells rang out, one for each victim and two more for the shooter and his mother. >>> in washington, the president marked the moment, bowing his head in the oval office. within hours, another kind of silence was broken with the powerful national rifle association's defiant new message. here's abc's senior justice correspondent, pierre thomas. >> the nra has blood on its hands! shame on the nra! >> reporter: the nra leader had barely begun when protesters blamed the powerful lobby for the nation's epidemic of gun violence. >> nra, stop killing our children! >> reporter: but the nra was defiant. after remaining silent in the wake of the worst elementary school shooting in the nation's history, wayne lapierre was on the attack, blaming others for the recent carnage. high on the list, violent video games. >> there exists in this country, a callous, corrupt, and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people. >> reporter: nra officials insist new laws restricting gun owners, including a ban on assault rifles, won't work. the primary sol
, of course, is studying the solutions more urgently than newtown, connecticut, where today, four more of the victims were laid to rest. and we learned that someone is coming out of retirement to help. a woman who knows the children of sandy hook and has agreed to return so that they can heal. abc's linsey davis tells us about her. >> reporter: today, some of the students of sandy hook elementary visited their new school for the first time. police officers showed them their new classrooms and desks, meticulously arranged to resemble the ones they left behind. they also met with their new principal, donna page, a familiar face. she was sandy hook's principal for 14 years, retiring in 2010 and returning now to fill the void left when her successor was slain. but as the community tries to move forward, four more funerals today. more than 200 firefighters, many from new york city, stood at attention outside the service for daniel barden, the 7-year-old who wanted to grow up to be one of them. >> as a firefighter, even more as a parent, it's just -- it's very upsetting that, you know, these
significant this year, in light of the mass shootings in connecticut. now, take a look all around me. there are hundreds of cars, just lining up. people wanting to sell back their guns. the cars are stretched around the block. now, if they turn in a handgun, a rifle or a shotgun, they get $100 gift card. if they turn in an assault weapon, an extra $100. and david, the purpose of this is to get guns off the streets. and david, most of the weapons here will be destroyed. david? >> lines as far as the eye can see there, abbie. thanks to you in los angeles. >>> and in washington tonight, president obama is cutting his christmas vacation short to try to cut a deal as that fiscal cliff nears. now just six days until higher taxes for all americans. and tonight, a white house official is placing the burden of not getting a deal on leaders of congress. one official saying the hits from our economy are not coming from outside factors, they're coming from congressional stupidity. some members of congress do return tomorrow. these comments come just as barbara walters prepares for her "nightline
after the newtown, connecticut, school shootings, another debate heating up about whether to bring guns into schools. a new poll suggests 64% of americans think arming at least one school official would be at least some what effective. but what about arming the teachers? abc's cecilia vega tonight with some of those teachers who say yes. >> okay, so, now what do i do? >> reporter: the gun is fake, but these utah teachers fear the threat facing their classrooms is very real. today, 200 of those teachers became students -- >> ready to fire. >> reporter: packing a conference room on their holiday break to learn how to carry a concealed weapon on the job. and how to protect their schools from an armed intruder. >> the safety is the biggest part. and to be able to use them appropriately is really quite a high priority for me. >> reporter: utah is one of few states where public schools allow guns on campus. but in the wake of the shooting at sandy hook, the push is on to add more states to that list. arizona's attorney general wants every school principal or the principal's designee armed. in
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